Thursday, September 17, 2009

Los Lonely Boys

Outside the Cascade Theatre..the evening was young

We took the nephew to the Los Lonely Boys performance at the Cascade Theatre in honor of his 22nd birthday. The Cascade Theatre is an Art Deco style theatre that opened in 1935 in the downtown area and has been beautifully restored. It was done with community effort and donations. The acoustics are great and you can see well from every seat.

Oh, so lonely waiting for the Los Lonely Boys to come on stage...they took their shi* but it was worth it.

The Los Lonely Boys are a band of Hispanic brothers. The Garza brothers, to be exact. Henry on guitar, Jojo on bass and Ringo on drums. Their father was a musician too but wasn't able to pursue music as a career as he had babies instead. He often tours with the boys and gets choked up when he talks about how proud he is that his babies grew up to find success in doing what he was unable. If they had a fourth brother, it would be a lot easier on them to make all that music. But the way they sound, they really don't need one.

Still waiting...this family left four songs into LLB...I think man on right was with a disability.

The first time I heard the band was in 2003. The husband turned me on to them. They were the official band of the PGA, Professional Golf Association, tour that year and their music was featured during tour telecasts. That year they released their first Grammy winning, debut album that included the hit single, Heaven. Their style sounds like what you would get if you put a Mariachi band, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry in a blender and hit frappe.

Los Lonely Boy's Bus

This is the second time they have played in Redding in two years. Tonight they gave us the honor of being among the first people in the world to hear songs from their new album that will be released next month. The album, 1969, covers songs from that year. The music was wild, driving and the brothers had a great time. I've rarely seen musicians have so much fun playing...last night it was more than a job...that was clear. They tossed picks they had used into the audience. Ringo passed out drum sticks. And one lucky sucker in the front row took home a guitar Jojo gave him. Sheesh! A flippin' guitar!

Los Lonely Boys recently returned from Iraq where they entertained our troops. The boys (men) were truly humbled by what they saw of every day life...on both sides...during war time. They have videos on You-Tube chronicling their trip and invite you to view them. Blessed are we to live the life we do--is their motto upon return. The way the Garza brothers conduct themselves always touches me. It is clear that they truly honor the higher power that graces their music and gives them their fans and their zest for life. It was a great way to end hump day! It was Heaven!


Brian Miller said...

have never seen them live, but do enjoy their blend of music. bet seeing them in conceert is pretty amazing. neat that their dad had to give it up, but paved the way for them.

Ronda Laveen said...

Brian: They are outstanding in concert. They don't save any of themselves for later. They burn up the stage. Yes, it is a nice family story that has a happy ending. They work hard.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I love those family musician success stories...the never really go out of style, do they? -J

TechnoBabe said...

My hubby is a musician and he thinks these guys are great. I like them very much.

otin said...

I have never really heard them before. But the video that you posted was really good! They have a good sound!

Ronda Laveen said...

H-H: No, I love hearing about those kinds of overcoming adversity and fate stories.

TechnoBabe: What kind of music does your hubby play?

Otin: I think you'll be hearing about them when their new album comes out. From the little bit we heard last night, I know they cover Joe Cocker, The Beatles, and Stevie Winwood.

Jill said...

Good group. I love it that your theater is restored and USED.

Christina said...

So. Much. Fun!

The one with the long hair is kinda cute. ;)

On another note: there's something really wrong with your formatting...

Ronda Laveen said...

Jill: The theatre is used all of the time. Besides hosting large musical and dance groups, it is a multi-use performing arts venue for the entire community. It is lovely.

Dorraine said...

Fantastic description, Ronda: Their style sounds like what would get if you put a mariachi band, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry in a blender and hit frappe. Your stories are so entertaining.

Ronda Laveen said...

Dorraine: Thanks, Dorraine! And, back at ya.

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books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Ronda,

Thanks, for sharing...I must admit that I ‘am not familiar with the LLB, but I plan to seek out their music in order to add it to my blog iPod. By the way, the additional information about them was very much welcomed too!
In addition, I like the fact that I can also post while listening to their music on your blog.

Take care!

lettuce said...

I enjoyed the vid - they sound great.

Anonymous said...

Ronda, cool! Love that they restored the theatre and digging that bus! I could live in that :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Christina: I'll check in w/you as soon as work slows down a bit to get 411 on format problem. Thanks. Henry, the one with long hair, rocks the guitar.

DeeDee: Nice to too see you around blog land again.

Lettuce: TY.

Subby: You could live on that bus! It is huge!

Christina said...

Hmmm... I am thinking that posting that video has messed the code up. That's when it first happened, right?

Two things you can do:
1. Check the post with video in it, see how the photo and the video are aligned. I think they are posted side by side thus giving you a whole lot of extra space for text underneath. You want one under the other one. Try deleting the video and then posting it again underneath the photo by hitting enter a few times. That should do the trick.
If you find vid and pic aligned properly after that and still have this mess going on, proceed to step 2:

- Find the original template you are using, copy the code (html) and paste it into this very layout (go to your dashboard >layout > edit html). First you want to clean out everything that's there (I'd save the code to my harddrive, just so you don't lose any data: click "download full template") then in with the new. See what happens.

Good luck!

Christina said...

Ok, just for clarification: I mean the Los Lonely Boys post, all earlier ones should be ok.

Christina said...

Ok, another clarification: html works in tables, meaning all content is held in place by resizable tables: photos, text, video, - everything. You stretch one cell by posting two items side by side, you get a whole lot of extra space which messes up other cells underneath.
Ah! Hope it makes a bit of sense...

tony said...

Wow 1 They Are Good! ,never heard of them before.I will keep checking to see if they play UK.

Reya Mellicker said...

Fabulous. Listening to the video, I had to jump up and dance around. Very cool theater, too.

I love live music.

Happy equinox, Ronda!

Christina said...

Haha, Ronda!
DH kinda thought it was "pornographic" :-o and he really didn't appreciate me posting it at first.
I started a little poll somewhere else and everybody there was all like: "What's the big deal?" It might be cultural - you see I am a free spirited European! ;) And yes: I did ask other Europeans for their opinion... :D
Well, he's cool now. And I already asked him to keep his eyes peeled for my Christmas project which is going to be only slightly more racy...
Poor guy. LOL!

I posted a link with the image you are looking to use on my blog. Go ahead and grab it. I'm honoured! :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Tony: I thought you would like them.

Reya: It's hard to stay in your seat with LLB around. I love that theatre. The first time I went there, I was just a wee baby. I was so glad that we renovated back to original +.

Happy Equinox, HHD and Navaratri! The power days are here!

Ronda Laveen said...

Christina: Thanks so much for loaning me your graphic! So, DH is a friend of yours? I loved it. The energy was great and I'm keeping my brain alert for a place I can post it with a story. Can't wait for the Christmas project. Wow! What a great present that should be.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

terrific band and what a venue!!

love how you describe their sound/style!!

rock on sista!


Ronda Laveen said...

Mouse: Rock...wasn't that your Monday post? You're a pretty rockin' sista yourself.


Christina said...

Hehe Ronda, by DH I meant dear husband... I sure HOPE he's a friend of mine. ;)

Thanks for your positive feedback, makes it really worth while. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for what's coming - very anxiously!

Oh! And there is something else you can do to see what is "wrong" with your blog: empty your cache or use a browser you normally don't use.

I think everything looks fine at your end because your browser "remembers" the good ol' days - meaning there is still old data saved.

I had a problem like that a while ago: my header graphic disappeared on me (deleted it from my slideshow). Everything looked dandy on my computer. But only there and nowhere else because the image was still locally saved in the cache.

I swear! It's not just in my head! :D